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Notice on Penalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
Document Number: 2019-00091
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-01-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration is giving notice of its updated maximum civil monetary penalties. These amounts are effective from January 15, 2019 through January 14, 2020. These figures represent an annual adjustment for inflation. The updated figures and notification are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-27767
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-27665
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled the Disability Analysis File (DAF) and the National Beneficiary Survey (NBS) Data System, (60-0382). This notice publishes details of the system as set forth under the caption SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives in 2019
Document Number: 2018-27369
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing that the assessment percentage rate under the Social Security Act (Act) is 6.3 percent for 2019.
Consideration of Pain in the Disability Determination Process
Document Number: 2018-27169
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-12-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are soliciting public input to ensure that the manner in which we consider pain in adult and child disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act) remains aligned with contemporary medicine and health care delivery practices. Specifically, we are requesting public comments and supporting data related to the consideration of pain and documentation of pain in the medical evidence we use in connection with claims for benefits. We will use the responses to the questions below and any relevant research and data we obtain or receive to determine whether and how we should propose revisions to our current policy regarding the evaluation of pain.
Agreement on Social Security Between the United States and Slovenia; Entry Into Force
Document Number: 2018-27166
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-17
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice that an agreement coordinating the United States (U.S.) and Slovenian social security programs will go into force effective on February 1, 2019. The Agreement with Slovenia, which was signed on January 17, 2017, is similar to U.S. social security agreements already in force with 28 other countriesAustralia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. Section 233 of the Social Security Act authorizes agreements of this type.
Review and Reassessment of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Representative Payee Selection and Replacement Policies
Document Number: 2018-27051
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are requesting information on the appropriateness of our order of preference lists for selecting representative payees (payees) and the effectiveness of our policy and operational procedures in determining when to change a payee. We are seeking this information to determine whether and how we should make any changes to our representative payee program to help ensure that we select suitable payees for our beneficiaries.
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2018-26858
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). This notice sets out the names and current addresses of those offices and the jurisdictions for which each office has responsibility.
Modifications to the Disability Determination Procedures; End of the Single Decisionmaker Test and Extension of the Prototype Test
Document Number: 2018-26803
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing the end of the ``single decisionmaker'' test, consistent with our notice in the Federal Register in 2016, in which we said that we would end the test by December 28, 2018. This notice also extends the separate ``prototype'' test until its cessation in June 2020.
Social Security Administration Violence Evaluation and Reporting System
Document Number: 2018-26594
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are issuing a final rule to exempt a system of records entitled Social Security Administration Violence Evaluation and Reporting System (SSAvers) from certain provisions of the Privacy Act because this system will contain investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-26363
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Removal of Alternate Participant Program
Document Number: 2018-26231
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are removing from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) our ``Alternate Participant Program'' rules because they are obsolete. We are removing these rules in accordance with the requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13777.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2018-25050
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces new matching program with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This agreement establishes the terms, and conditions, and safeguards under which CMS will disclose to SSA certain individuals' admission and discharge information for care received in a nursing care facility. SSA will use this data to administer the Supplemental Security Income program efficiently and to identify Special Veterans' Benefits beneficiaries who are no longer residing outside of the United States.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-24908
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled, Requests for Waiver of Employee Salary Overpayments (60-0271). This notice publishes details of the system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-24853
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled, Security and Suitability Files (60-0377). This notice publishes details of the new system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Security and Suitability Files
Document Number: 2018-24851
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-11-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration (SSA) separately published, in today's Federal Register, notice of a new system of records, entitled Security and Suitability Files. This rulemaking proposed to remove two systems of records listed in our exemptions, but which do not exist, and will replace them with a new exemption for this specified system of records from specific provisions of the Privacy Act, under 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(5).
Setting the Manner for the Appearance of Parties and Witnesses at a Hearing
Document Number: 2018-24711
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-11-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise our rules to explain that the agency retains the right to determine how parties and witnesses will appear at a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) at the hearing level of our administrative review process, and we will set the time and place for the hearing accordingly. We also propose to revise our rules to explain the State agency or the Associate Commissioner for Disability Determinations, or his or her delegate, will determine how parties and witnesses will appear, and will set the time and place for a hearing, before a disability hearing officer (DHO) at the reconsideration level in continuing disability review (CDR) cases. At both levels, we propose to schedule the parties to a hearing to appear by video teleconference (VTC), in person, or, in limited circumstances, by telephone. We propose that parties to a hearing will not have the option to opt out of appearing by the manner of hearing we choose. We also propose rules that explain how we will determine the manner of a party's or a witness's appearance. We expect these proposed changes would improve our service to the public by increasing the efficiency of our hearings processes and reducing the amount of time it takes us to schedule and hold hearings.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2018-24517
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts for Medicare Part B and Prescription Drug Coverage Premiums
Document Number: 2018-24336
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-11-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) changed the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) ranges associated with Medicare Part B and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums for years beginning in 2018. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA 2018) revised the MAGI ranges again for years beginning with 2019. We consider a beneficiary's MAGI and tax filing status to determine: The percentage of the unsubsidized Medicare Part B premium that the beneficiary must pay; and the percentage of the cost of basic Medicare prescription drug coverage the beneficiary must pay. This final rule makes our regulations consistent with the MAGI ranges specified by MACRA and BBA 2018.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2018-24085
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service), Department of the Treasury (Treasury). This matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, safeguards, and procedures under which Fiscal Service, Treasury will disclose savings security data (as described in section VI.D) to SSA. SSA will use the data to determine continued eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants and recipients, or the correct benefit amount for recipients and deemors who did not report or incorrectly reported ownership of savings securities.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-23943
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Assignment and Correspondence Tracking (ACT) System (60-0001), last published in full on January 11, 2006. This notice publishes details of the proposed updates as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-23941
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records, entitled Master Representative Payee File (60-0222), last published in full on April 22, 2013. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-23905
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify our existing systems of records listed below under the System Name and Number section. This notice publishes details of the modification as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agreement on Social Security Between the United States and Uruguay; Entry Into Force
Document Number: 2018-23327
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice that an agreement coordinating the United States (U.S.) and Uruguayan social security programs effective on November 1, 2018. The Agreement with Uruguay, which was signed on January 10, 2017, is similar to U.S. social security agreements already in force with 27 other countriesAustralia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Section 233 of the Social Security Act authorizes agreements of this type. Like the other agreements, the U.S.-Uruguayan Agreement eliminates dual social security coverage. This situation exists when a worker from one country works in the other country and has coverage under the social security systems of both countries for the same work. Without such agreements in force, when dual coverage occurs, the worker, the worker's employer, or both may be required to pay social security contributions to the two countries simultaneously. Under the U.S.- Uruguayan Agreement, a worker who is sent by an employer in one country to work in the other country for 5 or fewer years remains covered only by the sending country. The Agreement includes additional rules that eliminate dual U.S. and Uruguayan coverage in other work situations. The Agreement also helps eliminate situations where workers suffer a loss of benefit rights because they have divided their careers between the two countries. Under the Agreement, workers may qualify for partial U.S. benefits or partial Uruguayan benefits based on combined (totalized) work credits from both countries. Persons who wish to receive copies of the agreement or who want more information about its provisions may write to the Social Security Administration, Office of International Programs, Post Office Box 17741, Baltimore, MD 21235-7741 or visit the Social Security website at www.socialsecurity.gov/international. The full text of the agreement and its accompanying administrative arrangement are available at https://www.ssa.gov/international/Agreement_Texts/uruguay.htm l.
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2019
Document Number: 2018-23193
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 2.8 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2018. In addition, the national average wage index for 2017 is $50,321.89. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-22970
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agreement on Social Security Between the United States and the Federative Republic of Brazil; Entry Into Force
Document Number: 2018-22509
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are giving notice of an agreement coordinating the United States (U.S.) and Brazilian social security programs effective on October 1, 2018. The Agreement with Brazil, which was signed on June 30, 2015, is similar to U.S. social security agreements already in force with 26 other countriesAustralia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Section 233 of the Social Security Act authorizes agreements of this type. Like the other agreements, the U.S.-Brazilian Agreement eliminates dual social security coverage. This situation exists when a worker from one country works in the other country and has coverage under the social security systems of both countries for the same work. Without such agreements in force, when dual coverage occurs, the worker, the worker's employer, or both may be required to pay social security contributions to the two countries simultaneously. Under the U.S.- Brazilian Agreement, a worker who is sent by an employer in one country to work in the other country for 5 or fewer years remains covered only by the sending country. The Agreement includes additional rules that eliminate dual U.S. and Brazilian coverage in other work situations. The Agreement also helps eliminate situations where workers suffer a loss of benefit rights because they have divided their careers between the two countries. Under the Agreement, workers may qualify for partial U.S. benefits or partial Brazilian benefits based on combined (totalized) work credits from both countries. Persons who wish to obtain copies of the Agreement or want more information about its provisions may write to the Social Security Administration, Office of International Programs, Post Office Box 17741, Baltimore, MD 21235-7741 or visit the Social Security website at www.socialsecurity.gov/international. The full text of the Agreement and its accompanying Administrative Arrangement is available at https:/ /www.ssa.gov/international/Agreement_Texts/brazil.html.
Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence; Correction
Document Number: 2018-22363
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On January 18, 2017, we published final rules in the Federal Register revising our medical evidence rules. Those final rules inadvertently included a typographical error. This document corrects the final regulations.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-22339
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Prohibiting Persons With Certain Criminal Convictions From Serving as Representative Payees
Document Number: 2018-22168
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to amend our regulations to prohibit persons convicted of certain crimes from serving as representative payees under the Social Security Act (Act). We are proposing these revisions because of changes to the Act made by the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-22035
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to discontinue an existing system of records notice entitled, Optical System for Correspondence Analysis and Response, last published on January 11, 2006.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-21539
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 18-02p; Titles II and XVI: Determining the Established Onset Date (EOD) in Blindness Claims
Document Number: 2018-21369
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 18-02p, which rescinds and replaces the following sections of SSR 83-20, ``Titles II and XVI: Onset of Disability,''(1) ``Title II: Blindness Cases,'' and (2) ``Title XVISpecific Onset is Necessary,'' as it applies to blindness claims. Specifically, this SSR addresses how we determine the EOD in blindness claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). We concurrently published a separate SSR, SSR 18-01p, ``Titles II and XVI: Determining the Established Onset Date (EOD) in Disability Claims,'' which rescinded and replaced all other parts of SSR 83-20. Therefore, SSR 83-20 is completely rescinded and replaced by SSR 18-01p and SSR 18-02p.
Social Security Ruling, SSR 18-01p; Titles II and XVI: Determining the Established Onset Date (EOD) in Disability Claims
Document Number: 2018-21368
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 18-01p, which rescinds and replaces SSR 83-20, ``Titles II and XVI: Onset of Disability,'' except as noted here. This SSR clarifies how we determine the EOD in disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). Specifically, it addresses how we determine the EOD in claims that involve traumatic, non-traumatic, and exacerbating and remitting impairments. This ruling also addresses special considerations related to the EOD, such as work activity and previously adjudicated periods. Additionally, this SSR clarifies that an administrative law judge may, but is not required to, call upon the services of a medical expert, to assist with inferring the date that the claimant first met the statutory definition of disability. We concurrently published a separate SSR, SSR 18-02p, ``Titles II and XVI: Determining the Established Onset Date (EOD) in Blindness Claims,'' to discuss how we determine the EOD in statutory blindness claims. SSR 18-02p rescinds and replaces two parts of SSR 83-20. Specifically, SSR 18-02p rescinds and replaces the subsection, ``Title II: Blindness Cases,'' under the section, ``Technical Requirements and Onset of Disability''; and the subsection, ``Title XVISpecific Onset is Necessary,'' which is also under the section ``Technical Requirements and Onset of Disability,'' as it applies to statutory blindness claims. Therefore, SSR 83-20 is completely rescinded and replaced by SSR 18-01p and SSR 18-02p.
Social Security Ruling, SSR 18-3p; Titles II and XVI: Failure To Follow Prescribed Treatment
Document Number: 2018-21359
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 18-3p. This Ruling provides guidance about how we apply our failure to follow prescribed treatment policy in disability and blindness claims under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act).
Rescission of Social Security Rulings 62-47, 65-33c, 66-19c, 67-54c, 68-47c, 71-23c, 72-14c, 72-31c, 82-19c, and 86-10c
Document Number: 2018-20050
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Acting Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Rulings (SSR): SSR 62-47; SSR 65-33c; SSR 66-19c; SSR 67-54c; SSR 68-47c; SSR 71-23c; SSR 72-14c; SSR 72-31c; SSR 82-19c; SSR 86-10c.
Charging Standard Administrative Fees for Non-Program Information
Document Number: 2018-19028
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On August 22, 2012,\1\ we announced in the Federal Register a schedule of standardized administrative fees we charge to the public. We charge these fees to recover our full costs when we provide information and related services for non-program purposes. We are announcing an update to the previously published schedule of standardized administrative fees.\2\
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2018-18986
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Department of the Treasury (Fiscal Service). This agreement between SSA and Fiscal Service sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which Fiscal Service will disclose ownership of Savings Securities data to SSA. This disclosure will provide SSA with information necessary to verify an individual's self- certification of his or her financial status to determine eligibility for low-income subsidy assistance (Extra Help) in the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program established under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.
Rescission of Social Security Ruling 82-53: Titles II and XVI: Basic Disability Evaluation Guides
Document Number: 2018-18739
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Acting Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Ruling (SSR) 82-53.
Making Permanent the Attorney Advisor Program
Document Number: 2018-17547
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-08-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are making permanent the attorney advisor program, which has proved to be an integral tool in providing timely decisions to the public while maximizing the use of our administrative law judges (ALJs). The attorney advisor initiative permits some attorney advisors to develop claims, including holding prehearing conferences, and, in cases in which the documentary record clearly establishes that a fully favorable decision is warranted, issue fully favorable decisions before a hearing is conducted. We expect that by making the attorney advisor program permanent, we will be able to continue to reduce the number of pending claims at the hearing level of our administrative review process and provide more timely service to claimants.
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2018-16945
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-16727
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-16692
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled, General Law Litigation Files (60-0272). This notice publishes details of the new system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-14689
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-14247
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act and our disclosure regulations, we are issuing public notice of our intent to publish a new routine use applicable to four of our system of records. The routine use will permit disclosures we intend to make to new entities to support the administration of our representative payee program. The system of records notices (SORN) listed below maintain information used in our representative payee program, in addition to a variety of SSA's core mission operations. This notice publishes details of the proposed updates as set forth below under the caption SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-14246
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act and our disclosure regulations, we are issuing public notice of our intent to publish two new routine uses applicable to seven of our systems of records. The two routine uses will permit disclosures we intend to make to new entities to support the administration of our representative payee program. The system of records notices (SORN) listed below maintain information used in our representative payee program in addition to a variety of SSA's core mission operations. This notice publishes details of the proposed updates as set forth below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Appointed Representatives
Document Number: 2018-13989
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-07-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. We are also updating and clarifying the procedures we use when we bring charges against a representative for violating these rules and standards. These changes are necessary to better protect the integrity of our administrative process and to further clarify representatives' existing responsibilities in their conduct with us. The revisions should not be interpreted to suggest that any specific conduct was permissible under our rules prior to these changes; instead, we seek to ensure that our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility are clearer as a whole and directly address a broader range of inappropriate conduct.
Extension of Sunset Date for Attorney Advisor Program
Document Number: 2018-13359
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-06-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending for one year our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on August 3, 2018. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to August 2, 2019. We are making no other substantive changes.
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date of Revisions While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay Period
Document Number: 2018-13187
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-06-19
Agency: Agency for International Development, Agencies and Commissions, Department of Transportation, Social Security Administration, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs
In a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into regulations in its part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same changes in a final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised Common Rule was scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of the same date. By an interim final rule issued on January 17, 2018 and published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2018, federal departments and agencies delayed the effective date and the general compliance date for the revised Common Rule for a 6-month period, until July 19, 2018. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim final rule adopting the same regulatory changes on January 26, 2018. The revised Common Rule, including technical amendments made by the January 22, 2018 interim final rule, is referred to here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' On April 20, 2018, the federal departments and agencies listed here published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing and seeking comments as to whether the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements should be delayed for an additional 6-month period. The NPRM also proposed and sought comments on whether to allow regulated entities to implement certain burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements in specified circumstances during such continued delay period. Through this final rule, we are adopting the proposals described in the April 20, 2018 NPRM. This rule delays the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional 6-month period, until January 21, 2019. As a result of this delay, regulated entities will be required, with an exception, to continue to comply with the requirements of the pre-2018 version of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. The one exception to this general rule is that institutions will be permitted (but not required) to implement, for certain research, three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements during the delay period (July 19, 2018, through January 20, 2019). Those three provisions are: The revised definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research covered by the Common Rule; the elimination of the requirement for annual continuing review with respect to certain categories of research; and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications or other funding proposals related to the research. Institutions taking advantage of the three-burden reducing provisions must comply with all other pre-2018 Requirements during the delay period. The three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements can only be implemented during the delay period with respect to studies initiated prior to January 21, 2019 that will transition to compliance with the revised Common Rule. Any study that implements these three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period must, beginning on January 21, 2019, comply with all of the 2018 Requirements for the balance of the study's duration.
Social Security Rulings (SSRs) 96-3p and 96-4p; Rescission of SSRs 96-3p and 96-4p
Document Number: 2018-12820
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We give notice of the rescission of SSRs 96-3p and 96-4p.